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‘Lopsided’ Ghostly Galactic Halo Has Some Starry Surprises

by Elizabeth Howell July 22, 2014

Centaurus A — that popular target for astrophotographers in the southern hemisphere — has a much wider halo than expected, astronomers revealed. Turns out the galaxy’s ghostly glow is about eight times the apparent width of the full moon in the sky. Examining this halo in more detail could reveal much about how galaxies come […]

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An Amazing Deep-Field View of Centaurus A

by David Dickinson May 28, 2013

Sometimes, you just have to say “Wow!” The view you’re looking at above is of Centaurus A (NGC 5128), a galaxy about 10-16 million light years distant in the southern hemisphere sky. It’s a favorite of astrophotographers and professional observatories alike. But what makes this image so special is that it was taken by an […]

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New Image Shows Beautiful Violence in Centaurus A

by Nancy Atkinson April 4, 2012

The mysterious galaxy Centaurus A is a great place to study the extreme processes that occur near super-massive black holes, scientists say, and this beautiful new image from the combined forces of the Herschel Space Observatory and the XMM-Newton x-ray satellite reveals energetic processes going on deep in the galaxy’s core. This beautiful image tells […]

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Hubble’s Stunning New View of Centaurus A

by Nancy Atkinson June 16, 2011

From a HubbleSite press release: Resembling looming rain clouds on a stormy day, dark lanes of dust crisscross the giant elliptical galaxy Centaurus A. Hubble’s panchromatic vision, stretching from ultraviolet through near-infrared wavelengths, reveals the vibrant glow of young, blue star clusters and a glimpse into regions normally obscured by the dust. Nancy Atkinson on […]

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Ring of Stars in Centaurus A Uncovered

by Nicholos Wethington November 22, 2009

Centaurus A (NGC 5128) is one of the most studied objects in the Southern sky, because it is the giant elliptical galaxy with the closest proximity to our own Milky Way. It lies 11 million light years away from the Milky Way, and is believe to have merged with another gaseous galaxy about 200 to […]

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